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Pacific Missle Range Facility (PMRF), Waieli, Kauai, HI   |  
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Ranked #23 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Kauai
Volcano, Hawaii
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“Best vacation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The beach cottages are roomy, clean, and the older ones have updated appliances. We just came back from Kauai, and could not have had a better time. The waves crashing on the shore, the moon glow over the water...just perfect. We checked in right at 2:00 p.m. which is earlier than most hotels let you in. We shopped the NEX for whatever we thought we'd need, and went to our little piece of paradise. Yes, it is strict, but I love the security of being on base where the USN Police were always evident, especially driving the beach after 10:00 p.m. to make sure there were no trespassers. Barking Sands afforded great access to Wiamea Canyon, so we were up there right after breakfast at the galley (Where else can you get a full breakfast for $2.50, prepared to order, prepared by the Navy?). We did not find the "distance" from the base to anywhere else an issue. I did not mind stripping the beds the morning we left, or cleaning for the next occupant. We found the folks at ITT very helpful, and no question went unanswered. We rented "Tommy Bahama" beach chairs for $1.00/day...where else can you do that???? If you are military, this little gem is the perfect answer for a getaway. We are already planning a return visit.

Room Tip: I liked our beachfront cottage. You can open the slider and hear the waves crash on the shore all n...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Ok so it is the dry side of Kauai and at the end of the road, but a mile of beach almost to yourself on Kauai? Definitely worth it. Great value, great facility, great sunsets! For the mandatory shave ice, you definitely want the JoJo's behind the Captain Cook statue in Waimea (there's two). We bought the food that wouldn't melt from Safeway in Kapaa, but you can get almost anything you need at the little exchange. Great jumping off point for Koke'e state park/the canyon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I'm a little biased because I was part of the batallion that built the new cottages on PMRF. The older ones sit right on the beach and the new ones are simply across the street. My next visit to Hawaii is going to include three nights at least in these. It's the dry side of the island but while I was there it's great to get a kayak and paddle with the whales. Its very close to the grand canyon of the pacific. The locals are great people and welcomed us everywhere we went. You can get to the beach at Na Pali by driving through the cane fields.. Watch the surf there though as it can be wild at times. Very nice quiet and private part of the base. There is a small nex on site with staples. Go stay there, you'll be glad you gave it a try

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

But seriously, for $85 a night it is well worth the drive out to the west end of Kauai. This is our 4th stay in the cottages and we love it. The older cabins need some upgrading, but then we stayed at a somewhat high end hotel in Ka'Anapali 2 years ago, without even a kitchenette, for over twice the price. You can't beat it for the price, security and lack of crowds. Did I forget to mention that you might share the beach with 10 other people? While the beach is not good for small children to swim, you can boogie board here and the Salt Pond beach is about 25 minutes away. We love the fact that we can sit on an uncrowded beach and we don't have to deal with loud obnoxious partying late into the evening. This place is a gem and we will definitely come back, as long as it is available.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Spring Grove, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for night life or a resort with all the amenities then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a gorgeous view in a relatively secluded area at the end of the road - this is it. There's a small NEX and a pretty nice restaurant. We loved it and hope to return someday!

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Seriously- I just said that so those folks without access won't feel so bad. We stayed in Hale Akala, one of the older unrenovated cabins. Actually, it's the beachfront cabin that's furthest west on the beach. It was amazing. First, there's no way to beat the price on the deal...unless you're a long lost relative of the Robinson family, who's got access to a helicopter and wants to stay on Niihau. Secondly, even the unrenovated cabins are equipped to meet all or your basic needs (corkscrew, frig with ice, indoor plumbing, flat screen for Monday Night Football and a blender.) These cabins are not plush. For us, they didn't need to be. They are clean and comfortable and affordable. Secondary needs are easily met at the MWR Outdoor Adventure Center. Do take the time to make a stop and rent a beach chair or two for the week. The beach there is the most amazing place to watch the sunset over Niihau. You can do it from the comfortably appointed decks of the cabins, but do spend at least one night watching the sun drop down into the Pacific from the beach. We had whales spouting offshore this week...priceless. Yes, Barking Sands is on one of the most out of the way spots on Kauai...in our book that's a good thing. It does provide a great base from which to explore the rest of the island from. Waimea Canyon is just up the road, and Lihue and Poipu are an easy 25 minute drive. We headed up to Hanalei and that's a good hour and forty five minute drive. But the drive is beautiful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

This little gem is amazing! We weren't going to book it because some friends told us it was far from everything. First of all in Kauai nothing is far, number two you are far from the tourist traps but very close to the top sights on the island. The top three sights on trip advisor are all within 10 minutes.

Cottage - two bed, one bath, linens (minus beach towels), washer/dryer, hair dryer, full kitchen, wifi, cable and 20 steps from the beach. I was lucky to get one overlooking the beach, there is a row across the street same layout but the view isn't as a good.

They harp on the fact that there is not maid service, linens and extra linens are provided as well as the standard toiletries and one morning worth of coffee. You are told to leave it as you got it, place the linens in a pile, sweep/vacuum, take the trash out and ensure the dishes are clean. You are not asked to do any scrubbing and they leave no cleansing supplies except broom and vacuum.

There's an MWR to rent beach gear and the Mini mart is open until 7, unless you plan on making gourmet meals, it has all the essentials. We ate at Sheanigans for dinner one night and found it was better then a place we drove 20 minutes to the following night.

If I come again I would pick up a pack of Lysol wipes, it's only as clean as the person before you left it and I'm a bit of a clean freak. Other then that it was amazing. Make sure you check out all the stars!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pacific Missle Range Facility (PMRF), Waieli, Kauai, HI
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai
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Ranked #23 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Kauai
Number of rooms: 24
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